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Smart Partner: Microsoft Supports Windows Media Services On Linux

Dec 14, 2000, 22:55 (11 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols)

"Microsoft has licensed StarBak Communications, a small Ohio-based company, to deliver Microsoft's Windows Media Format media streams on StarBak's Torrent streaming media network appliance lines and streaming media cache products. The kicker? StarBak will be delivering Microsoft proprietary media services from embedded Linux systems. For the first time, Microsoft is officially blessing Windows server functionality delivered from a Linux platform."

"Open-source programmers have duplicated other Microsoft server services. Samba for Windows Server Message Block (SMB) file services is the most notable example. But, this is the first time Microsoft has entered into a business relationship with a Linux company to deliver Microsoft services from a Linux platform."

"How They'd Do It?"

"StarBak produces dedicated streaming media server appliances built around Sun's Ultrasparc processors and embedded Linux. The bottom end system, the Torrent 100, has 256MB of RAM, a 30GB hard drive and Fast Ethernet connectivity. These server appliances, according to the company, can deliver up to 3,000 QuickTime, MPEG-1 and Windows Media Format (WMF) audio/video streams at a time."

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